Chief Program Officer

Chief Program Officer

Reports to: CEO

*In-Person Position*

About Oakland Promise

Oakland Promise is available to young learners (from newborns to college students) and their families who reside in Oakland. OP offers every child financial resources, educational programming, mentorship, and a supportive community to help them and their families to seek out and thrive in higher education and the career of their choosing. The mission of the Oakland Promise is to engage the Oakland community to advance equity and economic mobility through cradle to college and career achievement. The Oakland Promise includes four programs: Brilliant Baby, Kindergarten to College (K2C), College Access, and College Completion. Our program strategies touch the lives of children and families in early childhood (ages 0-5), elementary, middle and high school; and culminate in multi-year scholarships and support for students in college.

About Our Programs

Brilliant Baby (BB) program supports children’s early healthy development and school-readiness by setting up College Savings Accounts (CSAs) for babies, offering financial coaching and early learning resources to parents and caregivers, and building a supportive community for the whole family.  Brilliant Baby supports parents’ early expectations for their child’s educational success.

Kindergarten to College (K2C) helps K through 5th graders in Oakland think of themselves as college-and career-bound individuals. We provide scholarships, as well as technical support and incentives to families who open a family-owned college savings account. Additionally, we provide program support to build a college- and career-going identity within students, which includes Cal Day, college visits, family and student workshops, scholarship celebrations, and more.

College Access serves both middle and high school students in Oakland’s district and charter schools! Our vision is to support all students in accessing a clear and solid path to post-secondary educational experiences that lead to a variety of career options – 2-year, 4-year, and vocational or technical programs. Our goal is to offer integrated programming to students and families that targets the elimination of structural and cultural barriers to intergenerational social mobility.

College Completion supports college and CTE students with scholarships and persistence support and equips students with social and emotional support through mentoring, peer advising, counseling, retreats, and scholarship distribution. Oakland Promise designs holistic educational programming to create a culture of career and college preparedness in students, families, and educators, so we can dramatically increase the number of college graduates from Oakland public schools.

Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree with 10+ years’ experience in leading educational programs, management, and implementation or related field. Experience managing teams to effectively implement programs and develop their skills as leaders.  3+ years of nonprofit executive leadership is preferred. Strong leadership skills to develop a shared organizational vision and continued advancement of programs, staff, and community partners to drive the implementation of strategic goals.  A proven record of using data and evaluation to improve outcomes, define strategy and modify the program’s approach. Ability to work independently and collaboratively with diverse populations. Skilled in verbal and written communications. Exceptional time management and organizational proficiency.

Position Purpose: To be forward-thinking in the direction and development of programs and program staff. To ensure that the vision and goals of the organization remain client focused and that collaboration with community partners aligns with our mission and vision. Create strategic plans outlining trackable outcome measures solidifying continued grant funding opportunities. Endorse positive collaboration among Officers and Directors and ensure that delivery of information is timely and pertinent to promote ideal communication both internally and externally.

Job Summary: Chief Program Officer (CPO) serves as member of the chief executive leadership team and will partner with the Directors Team in making strategic decisions affecting Oakland Promise. In partnership with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the CPO is responsible to establish a strategic vision and guiding philosophy that will inform both short- and long-term goals of programming, drive new program development, and carefully monitor the progress toward those efforts.

The CPO will lead the program team which includes all direct program staff, their supervisors, as well as program administrative/support staff. This role is a strategic leadership position and should rely on the program directors for day-to-day program management.

The CPO serves on the chief executive leadership team and represents outreach and implementation services, contributes to strategic planning, leads program development, crafts messaging, and enhances core relationships. The chief executive team also supports development activities with the goal to increase community and financial support.

Required Experience and Expectations:

  • Expertise in best-practice, research-based cradle-to-career educational services
  • Ability to transform a vision into results, including the ability to organize, analyze, and synthesize disparate pieces of information.
  • A high degree of personal integrity and leadership; evidence of taking initiative and owning outcomes for yourself and others.
  • A solutions orientation: the ability to identify and implement solutions independently in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, and a track record of taking responsibility when faced with challenges.
  • A unique balance of being able to create a shared vision and lead the team in executing the work: building systems and m managing complex projects with a keen attention to detail, a strong aptitude to prioritize time efficiently, the ability to move work forward, and leverage others talents for greater impact.
  • Leadership experience at a systems level (e.g., school district leadership, charter management organization network leadership, etc.
  • Ability to travel for trainings and potential expansion activities.
  • Manage all programmatic strategy and implementation for the organization.
  • Deliver evidence-based learning sessions for our stakeholders, including external partners, board members, and staff, and hold the standard for excellence for the organization.
  • Provide strategic guidance on content development to all program directors.
  • Lead annual planning and budgeting by establishing program area and staff goals and objectives and monitor progress toward goals.
  • Participant in grant application processes, manage the budgets of various programs, and ensure compliance with all regulations and grant milestones.

Responsibilities & Strategic Thinking and Team Leadership:

  • Work with other members of the chief executive leadership team and direct reports to advance Oakland Promise’s mission, vision and values, set strategic goals and support implementation through Directors.
  • CPO focuses on growing and building programs. The CPO will establish a strategic vision and guiding program philosophy, identify, and develop programs and carefully monitor the progress toward those efforts.
  • Establish linkages that smoothly integrate and tie programs together for families and young people at each stage of their educational journey; This is emblematic of the educational cradle to college and career continuum that is unique among college promise programs.
  • The CPO has overall responsibility for all Program staff, with director support, their supervisors as well as program administrative/support staff.
  • Develop and manage programmatic partnership and growth strategy.
  • Lead the team to create a robust pipeline of partners and continue to secure new partnerships to expand the work.

Management and Mentoring of Program Team Members

  • Lead program Directors Team to build their skills and leadership, so as to mentor, manage, and motivate all staff and external partners.
  • Create and support a high-performance culture with alignment to the core values of the organization.
  • Develop a team-based environment to motivate and inspire staff to work collaboratively toward a goal by clearly communicating organizational vision and implementing yearly staff development plans.
  • Evaluate Oakland Promise’s progress towards goals and work with the Data Director to use data and evaluation to improve outcomes and report impact.

Programs & Outcomes

  • Develop policies and procedures aligning service delivery with the requirements of grants, foundations, or as otherwise required by the organization. Streamline documentation and reporting across all services.
  • Support program Directors to ensure mission viability throughout all service provision.
  • Promote cross-training between departments and strengthen career development.
  • Foster strong community partner relationships to facilitate access to external resources and promote internal program development.
  • Outline program development, looking at unique opportunities, to create actionable agendas that can be implemented by program Directors.
  • In collaboration with Officers and Directors, develop procedures for monitoring the quality and quantity of the services being delivered for adherence to outputs, outcomes, goals, expected standards of care, and to meet grant deliverables.
  • Support Directors through implementation.
  • Review pertinent data points for intersectional correlations that could support new or improved programming or funding opportunities.
  • Manage program budgets to ensure appropriate allocation of program funding.
  • Maintain current working knowledge of legislative proposals and the effects they may have on programs.
  • Make the CEO aware of any potential negative/positive effects legislative proposals may have on organizational programming or funding to ensure we are able to advocate accordingly.
  • Collaborate with the Communications team on any positioning to communicate via email, social media, etc.
  • Pursue training opportunities for program staff that strengthen overall quality of program services.

External Relationships

  • Build external relationships, collaborations, and partnerships with other organizations to broaden services. Identify potential new relationship targets and strategize with the CEO and Chief Development Officer (CDO).
  • Manage and prioritize relationships with key partner organizations. Ensure CEO introductions are timely, and that the CEO is involved in relationships at the appropriate and necessary level.
  • Collaborate with the CDO on fundraising efforts through relationship building, program presentations, events, and grant writing participation.
  • Promote clear communication and collaboration between all departments throughout the organization to ensure succinct progress toward current goals.
  • Support media relations/interviews and stories (i.e. scholars, parents, alums and educators) with CEO and Communications Team on opportunities that highlight Oakland Promise’s work.

Application Process:

We are looking for candidates with availability to start immediately and encourage you to apply if you are interested in and qualified for the position.

To apply: Send a single PDF (NOT a Microsoft Word document) of a resume and thoughtful cover letter to [email protected] with “Chief Program Officer- [Your Name]” in the subject line. Please use your last name and first initial (ex: Doe_J) as the filename of your PDF containing your resume and cover letter.

*Your application must include a cover letter and resume*

Failure to follow these instructions may delay the review of your application. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and candidates with the best fit will be contacted for interviews. Unfortunately, the volume of applications will prevent us from responding to all applications received.

Oakland Promise is an equal opportunity employer. Oakland Promise is committed to providing a work environment free of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and disrespectful or other unprofessional conduct based on sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sex stereotype, race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, gender (including gender identity, gender expression, and transgender), national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, military, and veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. It also prohibits discrimination, harassment, disrespectful or unprofessional conduct based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as  having any of those characteristics.


Application Process:

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